Presentation on theme: "The management of patients in psychiatry"— Presentation transcript:
1 The management of patients in psychiatry Dr Hannah TheodorouMEDED Psychiatry PACES Revision Day
2 Take a logical approach- it’s not as hard as you think! Managing the suicidal patientAssessment and management of riskPresenting management plans to the examinerWhere to manage the patientMental Capacity ActMental Health Act
3 Managing the suicidal patient “These are routine questions we ask everyone”.‘Given how depressed you’ve felt recently, have you felt so bad that you thought life wasn’t worth living?’
4 Managing the suicidal patient ‘How do you see the future?’‘Do you feel hopeless?’‘Do you ever feel as if you don’t want to carry on?’‘Do you sometimes feel like you don’t want to wake up in the morning?’‘Have you ever had thoughts of harming yourself ?’
5 Managing the suicidal patient If a patient has had specific thoughts, ask:‘What particular thoughts went through your mind?’‘Have you made any plans?’‘How close have you come?’‘What has stopped you doing anything?’‘Have you actually tried to harm yourself ?’
6 Assessing someone presenting with self harm AntecedentsImpulsive or planned eg hoarding pills, last acts eg wills or goodbye letters, attempts to avoid being found, disinhibiting factors eg drugs or alcohol, prevailing mood eg did the act relieve anxiety or distress? Psychotic symptoms eg command hallucinationsBehaviourMethod chosen, actual lethality of this method, perceived lethality of the method, drugs or alcohol to have additive effectConsequencesHow were they found, how did they end up in hospital, regret about attempt or regret about failure of attempt, compliance with medical intervention
7 Risk factors for completed suicide: MaleLiving aloneUnemployedOlder ageSubstance/ alcohol problemPre-existing mental illness (depression/ SCZ)Past history of DSHNo confidantes/ social supportsCommand HallucinationsFH of suicide/ mental illness/ substance misuse
8 Breaking down risk 1. Risk to self Deliberate Non-deliberate e.g. vulnerable, self- neglect2. Risk to othersNon-deliberate, e.g. reckless driving, accidental fires3. Time lineShort termMedium termLong term4. LevelHighMediumLow
9 Confirm the diagnosis“The first step of my management would be to confirm the diagnosis. I would do this by:Completing a full history and physical examination,Obtaining a collateral historyAnd performing relevant investigations (may include FBC, urine dipstick, drug screen)
10 Management of mental health disorders The three main options available are:Medical therapyPsychological TherapiesSocial support
11 Where can the patient be managed? GPMost patientsPsychological TherapiesCHMTCare co-ordinatorsDay HospitalSpecial Teams e.g. Substance MisuseCRTCrisis Resolution TeamsEarly Intervention TeamAssertive Outreach TeamInpatientPSYCHIATRICMEDICAL: Mental Health Liaison
12 Mental Capacity Act Key principles of the act: All individuals over 16 are presumed to have capacity unless proved otherwiseHaving a mental disorder does not mean a patient has not got capacityCapacity has to be assessed for each individual situation/ decisionThe clinician or person assessing capacity must take all reasonable measures to maximize capacity e.g. providing interpreters, learning difficulty specialists.
13 Assessing Capacity All 4 of the following must be met: The patient can understand the informationThe patient can weigh up their decision (aware of the consequences of refusal)The patient can retain the informationThe patient can communicate the decision back to youALWAYS record any assessments regarding capacity in the patient’s notes, including the areas they failed on e.g. unable to retain the informationRemember- if the patient is making what you believe to be an unwise decision or one that might result in death, if they are deemed to have capacity you must respect their decision.
14 Assessing capacity If a patient does not have capacity: You must determine best interests, taking into account the patient’s wishes before they did not have capacity. You should also take into account the views of carers, family and other health professionals if appropriate.When acting in someone’s best interests you want to used the least restrictive intervention (one that impacts the least on their rights and freedom)
15 Mental Capacity Act Advance directives Lasting power of attorney The act permits patients to make advance decisions about refusing treatment should they lose capacity. Where an advance decision is related to life sustaining treatment it must be written signed and witnessed. There must also be an express statement that the decision stands even if life is at risk e.g. in the case of Jehovah’s witnesses refusing blood transfusion in life-threatening haemorrhage.Lasting power of attorneyUnder the act a person may appoint someone to act as an attorney on their behalf (lasting power of attorney) allowing them to make health and welfare decisions amongst others for them in the event they were to lose capacity in the future. This must be correctly registered though in the office of the public guardian. The patient must have full capacity when this decision is made.
16 Mental Health Act (1983)For the act to apply the patient fulfill the following criteria:Suffering from a mental disorder. There are some notable exceptions to the act not counted as a mental disorder. You cannot section someone for learning disability alone, drug abuse including alcohol or due to disorders of sexual preference. As part of the 2007 update the law now covers the personality disorders.Disorder of a nature or degree that warrants admission to hospital. Nature relates to the course that the disease is likely to take for example how long the symptoms will last and if they are likely to recur. Degree refers to the current episode and the manifestations of the disorder this occasion therefore this is usually used in the acute setting.A risk to his/her health or safety and/or other people's safetyUnwilling or unable to accept hospitalisation voluntarily (informal admission).
17 The sections of the MHA Section Purpose Applicant Recommendation Duration2Assessment. Treatment can be given, although once this is the solo objective it must be converted to a Section 3.Approved mental health professional (AMHP)2 doctors (fully registered)- see notes below.28 days.3Treatment. Patient must have a diagnosis, and being treated for an improvement in condition or to prevent deterioration.AMHPAs above.6 months.4Emergency (community)N/A1 doctor72 hours5(2)Emergency (inpatient)136Emergency (police)- removal to a place of safetyPolice officer5(4)Urgent detention in absence of a doctorRegistered mental health nurse6 hours